en·​camp·​ment | \in-ˈkamp-mənt, en-\

Definition of encampment 

1a : the place where a group (such as a body of troops) is encamped

b : the individuals that make up an encampment

2 : the act of encamping : the state of being encamped

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Synonyms for encampment


bivouac, camp, campground, campsite, hutment

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Examples of encampment in a Sentence

a recreational area that will serve as this year's encampment for the Scouts' jamboree

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The scope and visibility of the crisis in Kensington — the open-air drug use, skyrocketing overdose rate, and large homeless encampments — have drawn intense attention locally and nationally. Aubrey Whelan, Philly.com, "The opioid overdose crisis is hitting all of Philadelphia, new data show," 20 June 2018 Sweeps of homeless encampments in the Mission District on April 25 were ordered by San Francisco mayor Mark Farrell. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Only in San Francisco: Activists block Google buses with scooters to protest 'techsploitation'," 31 May 2018 For more than a century, the exclusive Bohemian Club has held its annual encampment here, on a 2,700-acre parcel along the river. Chris Colin, Outside Online, "Drawing a Line in the Sand Over River Rights," 30 May 2018 The nonprofit counted 274 media reports of unique encampments nationwide in 2016. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Wracked by Opioid Crisis, Philadelphia Braces for Tent-Camp Closures," 26 May 2018 An effort by Sawant to prohibit any of the revenue from being spent on sweeps of unauthorized homeless encampments was voted down 8-1. Author: Matt Day, Daniel Beekman, Anchorage Daily News, "Seattle City Council scales down head tax on large employers in face of Amazon revolt," 15 May 2018 Since the 1970s, when the Mojave Desert base expanded from its World War II encampment, there have been regular reports of new recruits terrorized by both the Yucca Man and pranks inspired by the tales. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Known Unknown: Tales of the Yucca Man," 25 Apr. 2018 Team 3212 was still on its reconnaissance mission, near the town of Tiloa, when American intelligence officials concluded that Mr. Cheffou and a handful of fighters had left their desert encampment near the border with Mali. Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-neff And Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "Soldier in Bloody Niger Mission Had Warned of Gaps, Defense Officials Say," 19 Mar. 2018 Buy Photo Mayor Kenney faced a backlash from progressives on Thursday, as police officers bike-dozed a modest encampment of protesters trying to shut down access to a local office for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Chris Brennan, Philly.com, "Did Philly police just bike-doze Mayor Kenney's relationship with progressives?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of encampment

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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en·​camp·​ment | \in-ˈkamp-mənt \

Kids Definition of encampment

1 : the act of making a camp

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